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Anatolian Days & Nights

When Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner meet on the balcony of a guesthouse in a small resort town on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey, they think they have only a mutual friend and a summer dream in common. Soon, they discover a shared love of travel, history, culture, cuisine, and literature; and they begin a ten-year odyssey through Turkey. Inspired by the poetry of thirteenth-century mystic Jelaluddin Rumi, Brenner and Stocke journey to central Turkey for the Whirling Dervishes Festival. A visit to a Turkish bath becomes a lesson in sensuality and patience. Their interest in the cults of the mother goddess takes them to Ephesus, the Black Sea, and east into Mesopotamia. Through intuition, experience, and a bit of serendipity, Brenner and Stocke find excitement, friendship, and love, and learn how and why Turkey-a country that holds the keys to Western Civilization-continues to grow in world importance. Travel writing with literary value, Anatolian Days and Nights will appeal to armchair travelers as well as those about to hit the road.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Preface; Who's Bush?; The Prevaricator I -- The Presidential Campaign; The Theft of the Presidency; A Business Administration; No Child Untested; Have I Got a Deal for You; 9/11 -- Who Knew What & When, and What if Anything, Did He Do?; Bush's War; The Crimes of George W. Bush; Justice in America; Bush on Drugs; The Media Are Not Liberal, and They Do Not Tell You the Truth; The Prevaricator III: The Campaign for Re-Election; The Emperor Has No Clothes; No End in Sight; Index.

About the Author

Angie Brenner began her love affair with Turkey when she embarked on a quest to see Whirling Dervishes in Konya, where Sufi mystic Jelaluddin Rumi taught. An avid traveller and illustrator, Brenner would spend the next twenty-five years searching the remote corners of Turkey for historical and cultural links between Turkey's past and present. A former travel-bookstore owner and freelance writer, Brenner is the West Coast Editor for the online magazine Wild River Review. She lives in the rural mountain community of Julian, California.


"Compassionate, nuanced, tender and informative, this book will change your perspective on contemporary Turkey." - Elif Shafak, author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Black Milk. -- - Elif Shafak, author of The Bastard of Istanbul and Black Milk. -- 20120301 "Anatolian Days and Nights is an intimate, clear-eyed view of a fascinating country. Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner have captured the contradictions of modern day Turkey, while exposing the complex web of history at the heart of our human story. This book will make you want to grab your bags and hop the next flight to Istanbul." Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water -- - Alan Drew, author of Gardens of Water -- 20120301 "In their touching, often humorous memoir, Anatolian Days & Nights: A Love Affair with Turkey, Joy Stocke and Angie Brenner write vividly about their journeys through a one of the world's most vibrant countries. The landscape and people slip beneath your skin until you are no longer sure whether you've become a part of Turkey or whether Turkey has become a part of you. As a frequent visitor to Turkey, I applaud Stocke and Brenner for skillfully weaving a tale that leaves me yearning to return." Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Widow of Senator J. William Fulbright, Founder of the Fulbright Scholarship Program and President of Harriet Fulbright College -- - Harriet Mayor Fulbright, Widow of Senator J. William Fulbright, Founder of the Fulbright Scholarship Program and President of Harriet Fulbright College -- 20120301 "Filled with smiles, laughter, dancing, whirling; exotic foods I want to taste and exquisite crafts I want to buy. Joy and Angie walk us down ancient paths where ghosts of the past still dwell; they lead us into cooking kitchens where eggplant and lamb fill today with magic blends of herbs and spices. The authors' love of the culture, then and nowits joy, its challenges, its exuberance is contagious. After reading this book, I have moved Turkey to the top of my list." - Rita Golden Gelman, author, Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World. -- - Rita Golden Gelman, author, Tales of a Female Nomad, Living at Large in the World. -- 20120301 In their vivid memoir, Joy Stocke, a travel writer from New Jersey; and Angie Brenner, a former travel bookstore owner from California, document their travels through Turkey, spanning nearly 10 years and stretching from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean coast, and from the Iranian border to Istanbul...Every destination on their itinerary is home to ghosts of Turkey's past, but the friends also take time to enjoy "whitewashed facades tinged sienna in the late afternoon sun" and "breeze[s] rustl[ing] through the cobbled streets." Over-eager guides embody the country's tumultuous national identity--a melange of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Armenians, Turks, and more--and descriptions of the past weaved into the present provide a rich portrait of the region. -Publisher's Weekly -- Publisher's Weekly, 20120530 "There is a lot to be said for two women, one married with children, the other single, who choose to travel through a country where such a thing provokes shock, distrust, and assumptions about the flexibility of their moral character. The two handle awkward or frightening situations with grace and intelligence." -Philadelphia Inquirer -- Philadelphia Inquirer, 20120530

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